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Minerva Chorus was founded in the autumn of 2015 by a group of six women who had sung together previously in a large community choir and wanted to further develop their vocal technique and ability.  Within a few months the chorus had grown to a membership of fourteen, and with the support of two excellent and very experienced musical directors had begun to establish the Minerva ‘sound’ and repertoire.  By the start of 2017 we had grown in size, with nineteen women coming together from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire to rehearse every Monday evening.

We are committed to remaining a small group with fixed membership, so that the Chorus can continually develop and improve its vocal and performance skills. 

Applications for membership are always welcome, click here for information on how to join us.

We are looking for new members for all our sections (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1 and Alto 2).

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Musical Director

Adam Parrish

 

Lifelong music fanatic (since the age of 5) Adam had piano/organ/music theory lessons for 10 years with Geoff Gratton (member of the Royal College of Organists). Adam attended Lady Manners School in Bakewell and graduated from York St John University with a BA Music Degree (specialising in composition) in November 2016. He is now studying for a Master's degree and his RCO associate organ diploma. He currently holds Musical Director positions for a number of theatre organisations and choirs including: Kaleidoscope Players, Brookdale Youth Theatre, Stockport Choral Society and The Smithy Belles Singers.

In between his commitments as an MD, Adam tours as a soloist around the UK. When he is not performing himself, Adam can be found assisting Rick Wakeman on his tours as a member of the technical crew.  Other artists which Adam has worked with (or performed alongside) include Gordon Giltrap, Russ Dennet (Human League Keyboardist), Jeremy Meek (Bass player for Paul Carrack)Adam Wakeman, Nikki French (Eurovision), John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Jonathan Ansell (from G4), Kate Rusby, Lucy O’Bryneand Rebecca Newman.

Adam is organist/musical coordinator at Whittington Benefice of Chesterfield, and has held positions at Baslow Parish Church,  Old Brampton, St James Clifton and Acomb Methodist Church. As organ scholar of Tadcaster Parish Church, he played and directed the choir for some high-profile services such as the BBC Radio York Christmas Service broadcast.  He has also been involved with Concerts in prestigious locations such as Blenheim Palace, Durham Cathedral, Romsey Abbey, The Royal Albert Hall, Selby Abbey, the Netherlands and Germany.

Adam has performed in numerous professional musicals including West End Shows and works as musical director of professional Pantomimes.

Adam has also been involved in a number of high-profile recordings and commissions. In 2020, he was invited to play keyboards for a charity tribute single to the late Dame Vera Lynne which featured members of Jools Holland’s Band. 

Adam presents on Spire Radio 80’s and Classical Shows and works as a private instrumental tutor.  He is a member of The Grand Order of the Water Rats and The British Music Hall Society.  https://adamparrishmusician.wordpress.com/about-adam/

 
 

Assistant Musical Director

Anne Dargue

Anne has been singing in choirs from a very early age starting with her school and church choirs, singing everything from musical theatre to requiem masses.  Her love of harmony began when she joined the prestigious Leeds Girls' Choir aged 10. After moving to Derbyshire Anne joined Carolare Choir, Aurora Womens Chorus followed by Barlow Singers in 2010.

In 2015 Anne became a founder member of Minerva Chorus.  Since joining the chorus Anne has taken an active part in increasing its membership and promoting the chorus to grow its reputation and was Chair from 2018 - 2021.  Although not musically trained, Anne began rearranging songs to suit a 3 or 4 part female harmony and many of these are now regularly performed in Minerva's repertoire.  Anne has arranged a number of a cappella pieces for the Chorus taking popular pieces and translating them into the Minerva Chorus signature style which we hope our audiences will enjoy.   During lockdown Anne created a number of virtual performances with the chorus that can be found on Minerva's YouTube channel

Her arrangements for the chorus include God Only Knows (Beach Boys), Scarborough Fair, Skye Boat Song, Take on Me (Aha), Only You (Flying Pickets), Songbird (Fleetwood Mac), Viva la Vida (Coldplay), Water of Tyne You Tube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Chorus

 

 

Ann – Soprano 1

Music Librarian &  Performance Coordinator

 

Margaret -

Soprano 1 or 2

 

 

 

Caroline - Soprano 1 or 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne - Soprano 2/Alto 1

Assistant MD

 

Jackie - Soprano 2

 

 

  

Margaret - Alto 1 or 2

 

 

 

Linda - Alto 1 

Viv - Alto 1

 

 

 

Nicola - Alto 1 or 2

   
 

Lesley - Alto 2

 

Jane - Alto 2

 

 

Sue - Alto 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Minerva committee

The administration and management of the Chorus is carried out by a committee, elected annually from Chorus membership.  The Committee includes the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, PR Officer and Chorus Representative(s).  We also have a Performance Co-ordinator who manages all requests for performances.  All Committee decisions are made in accordance with the Chorus constitution, a copy of which can be requested from the Secretary by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Chair - Margaret

 

Treasurer - Sue

 

 

Secretary - Caroline

Chorus rep - Lesley 

 

 

What the Chorus Say about being in Minerva

Ann – Soprano 1 

I was fortunate and very excited to join Minerva right at the beginning of the project. I've always enjoyed singing since school choir days. I especially love the challenge of sharing A Cappella arrangements, and rehearsing together with friends on Monday evening is a highlight of the week for me.  As music librarian, I'm pleased to be helping the group to source songs for the repertoire which demonstrates the carefully blended harmony.

Mags - Soprano 1

My mother taught me and my sisters to sing in close harmony as children. Until I joined a community choir a few years ago, I had not sung with a choir since I was at school. I have rediscovered my love of singing and really enjoy singing A Cappella with Minerva. Learning the words and music can be challenging, but we all support each other and our musical directors know how to bring out the best in us. I am getting more and more comfortable with performing out. Singing with my "Minnie sisters" takes me right back to the feeling I got from singing as I child: I feel like I'm home.

Vanessa - Soprano 1/Soprano 2

I fell into singing several years ago quite by accident. I’ve always been musical however joining a chorus had never previously been on my radar.  I’m immensely proud to be part of Minerva and all she represents.  It’s challenging yet incredibly uplifting.  Performances are always a highlight and to have the privilege to stand in front of an audience shoulder to shoulder with such a special group of friends…because that’s what we’ve become… is something I will always cherish.

 Viv - Alto 1

I discovered A Cappella singing in my 50s having never sung before. I love that Minerva is a small, friendly chorus and it does not matter that I don't read music. I look after my granddaughter two or three days a week and look forward to the time she is old enough to come to a concert and proudly say " that's my Nana!"

Past Musical Directors 

 

Chris Horn

Chris grew up singing in the Bradford Choristers and has sung all over Yorkshire and the North West in cathedral choirs.  He has more than 10 years’ experience of vocal coaching and singing teaching. He has directed a number of different choirs across the North West including South Liverpool Chamber Choir and Hunts Cross Community Choir and has been involved in overseas trips to Poland and Uganda to teach singing as well as taking choirs to perform. Chris has a BA honours degree in Music from the University of Liverpool.

He has taught singing privately, in schools and held several vocal coach and musical director positions for musical theatre productions.  Chris is enthusiastic and passionate about improving the musical standard of every ensemble he works with. 

Janeen Parker 

Janeen started her music interest and studies early in life as a solo, duet and trio pianist at festivals. Singing in school and university choirs was always a quiet passion for Janeen but it wasn’t until she had the chance to ‘under-study’ with Nigel in a local Chesterfield women’s chorus that she found her love and talent for conducting and directing. 

Nigel Williams 

Nigel joined with his three sons to form the internationally known barbershop quartet - HomeSpun (BABS 2016 Champion Quartet).  Now known as Finest Hour Nigel's 3 sons (plus one non family member) are a multiple award winning barbershop quartet in the UK, Europe and USA.   Nigel has sung with, directed, coached and arranged music for numerous Choruses and smaller vocal ensembles.  

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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